Dorothy R. Stewart
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Stewart D.; Reflections on the Doctor's Anguish. Ann Intern Med. 1993;118:78-80. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-118-1-199301010-00028
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1993;118(1):78-80.
TO THE EDITOR:
It was most heartening to read an account by two medical doctors who are obviously compassionate, caring, and insightful. I hope that their courageous action on behalf of their dying patient will open up this heretofore taboo subject area of medicine.
Fortunately, Drs. Tolle and Edwards did the only humane thing possible, given the circumstances, and honored their patient's last request that he die quietly and with dignity. The doctors are to be congratulated on this very brave step into the unknown world of the future. I hope that other doctors and health care workers will be able to divorce themselves from the present technology, which dictates that the patient keep breathing and suffering, despite the fact that the soul has already gone ahead.
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